I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is my belief.
Franz Kafka
paintingsofclouds:

After the Rain, Arkhip Kuindzhi, 1879

paintingsofclouds:

After the Rain, Arkhip Kuindzhi, 1879

I don’t like to talk to people, because I can’t express myself satisfactorily. I don’t say the things I mean.
Greta Garbo (via ntrvrts)
bellenoiseuse:

Don’t Look Back, 1967.

bellenoiseuse:

Don’t Look Back, 1967.

Today the individual has become the highest form, and the greatest bane, of artistic creation. The smallest wound or pain of the ego is examined under a microscope as if it were of eternal importance. The artist considers his isolation, his subjectivity, his individualism almost holy. Thus we finally gather in one large pen, where we stand and bleat about our loneliness without listening to each other and without realizing that we are smothering each other to death. The individualists stare into each other’s eyes and yet deny each other’s existence. We walk in circles, so limited by our own anxieties that we can no longer distinguish between true and false, between the gangster’s whim and the purest ideal.
Ingmar Bergman

(via winedrunkenness)

The mind is everything. What you think you become.
Buddha

(via winedrunkenness)

Frank Forward:  1953 Floods at Southwold, Suffolk (1953) via BBC

Frank Forward:  1953 Floods at Southwold, Suffolk (1953) via BBC

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